The African Diaspora: African Origins and New World Identities

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The purpose of this book is to contribute to the debate between those who believe that the African origin of blacks in western society is central to their identity and those who deny that proposition. How did Africans manage to create a viable life for themselves after they got here? How were they able to negotiate the social, political, cultural, and other space they encountered?

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Overview

The purpose of this book is to contribute to the debate between those who believe that the African origin of blacks in western society is central to their identity and those who deny that proposition. How did Africans manage to create a viable life for themselves after they got here? How were they able to negotiate the social, political, cultural, and other space they encountered?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253334251
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Pages: 566
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 1.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Diaspora: Orientations and Determinations
1 An African Diaspora: The Ontological Project 3
2 Cultural Reconfigurations in the African Caribbean 19
3 The Restoration of African Identity for a New Millennium 28
Addressing the Constraints
4 Slaves or Serfs? A Comparative Study of Slavery and Serfdom in Europe and Africa 49
5 Modernity, Memory, Martinique 76
6 Kinship and State in African and African American Histories 89
7 Wages of Migration: Jobs and Homeownership among Black and White Workers in Muncie, Indiana, 1920 115
8 The Significance of Cognitive-Linguistic Orientation for Academic Well-Being in African American Children 139
9 The Relationship between Place of Birth and Health Status 153
Race, Gender, and Image
10 Images of Africa and the Haiti Revolution in American and Brazilian Abolitionism 167
11 Our Hunger Is Our Song: The Politics of Race in Cuba, 1900-1920 178
12 The Role of Music in the Emergence of Afro-Cuban Culture 197
13 The Centrality of Margins: Art, Gender, and African American Creativity 204
14 Gabriela Cravo e Canela: Jorge Amado and the Myth of the Sexual Mulata in Brazilian Culture 227
15 Gender and the New African Diaspora: African Immigrant Women in the Canadian Labor Force 234
16 Horned Ancestral Masks, Shakespearean Actor Boys, and Scotch-Inspired Set Girls: Social Relations in Nineteenth-Century Jamaican Jonkonnu 254
Creativity, Spirituality, and Identity
17 From Folklore to Literature: The Route from Roots in the African World 275
18 Blackness as a Process of Creolization: The Afro-Esmeraldian Decimas Ecuador 290
19 The Terror of Invisibility: Ellison and Cruz e Souza 315
20 Recover, Not Discover: Africa in Walcott's Dream on Monkey Mountain and Philip's Looking for Livingstone 332
21 Islam and the Black Diaspora: The Impact of Islamigration 344
22 From Legba to Papa Labas: New World Metaphysical Self/Re-fashioning in Ishmael Reed's Mumbo Jumbo 350
23 Diasporacentricism and Black Aural Texts 367
24 The Reinterpretation of African Musical Instruments in the United States 379
25 The Concept of Modernity in Contemporary African Art 391
26 Habits of Attention: Persistence of Lan Ginee in Haiti 428
27 Representing Jean-Michel Basquiat 439
28 Optic Black: Implied Texts and the Colors of Photography 452
29 Caribbean Cinema, or Cinema in the Caribbean? 469
Reconnecting with Africa
30 The Emergence of Bilateral Diaspora Ethnicity among Cape Verdean-Americans 485
31 Black Americans and the Creation of America's Africa Policies: The De-Racialization of Pan-African Politics 504
32 Alice Walker and the Legacy of African American Discourse on Africa 525
33 African-Centered Womanism: Connecting Africa to the Diaspora 538
Contributors 555
Index 559
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